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Nicholas of Myra Mythicism?

Jesus mythicism is akin to someone saying that because there is no Santa Claus, it makes the most sense to say that there wasn’t a historical bishop Nicholas of Myra. It seems as though some are afraid that if one concedes the existence of the historical figure, you are accommodating or leaving an open door [Read More...]

Unfair Tactics in the Postmortem on the War on the War on Christmas?

Timothy Dalrymple posted a blog entry responding to one that I wrote for a previous Christmas and shared again this year. His historical point about uncertainty regarding the reason for the choice of date is probably a fair one. But I don’t think that I was at all caricaturing those who think there is a [Read More...]

A Pythonesque Christmas

HT IO9 [Read more...]

Controversial Christmas Carols

In groundbreaking but controversial research, historians are challenging this historicity of the account of the arrival of the magi offered in “I Saw Three Ships.” Archaeologist and New Testament scholar Bob Carlung, who has spent his life investigating the historic topography of the Holy Land, said in a recent interview, “It is simply unfeasible that [Read More...]

Ways to Undermine Christianity

You might think that this is a post about what atheists or proponents of other religions do (or some of you might even think that this is something that I do and am sharing tips on for others). But no, some Christians, or at least people who claim to be Christians, do at least as [Read More...]

Looking Ahead to AAR and SBL

An e-mail from AAR mentioned that there will be an iPhone/iPad app for this year’s conferences! The e-mail also mentioned the following: Ballroom Space for Self-organizing Groups The Marriott Marquis-Golden Gate Ballroom C2 & C3 will be set aside Sunday afternoon from 2:00 pm-5:00 pm for self-organizing groups. This is an opportunity for colleagues to [Read More...]

Christmas in July

I decided to go ahead with my plan to call this post “Christmas in July” even though Matt Kelley also posted something on his blog with the same title today. I spent today – actually, yesterday, since it is past midnight – at Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana, with my son and some other [Read More...]

Christmas Nostalgia

Different things make people in or from different parts of the world nostalgic, whether at Christmas time or at others. Today my wife was making sarmale (stuffed cabbage) with pickled cabbage leaves. It made her feel Christmasy, but the aroma did not have the same effect on our son. I also remember a group of [Read More...]

Religious Discrimination, Science, and Christmas

Jesus Creed has been focusing a lot of attention on matters of religion and science lately. Today there is a post about the accusation of religious discrimination related to the case of Martin Gaskell. One important point that is made is that there are extremes of viewpoint and rhetoric on both sides which contribute to [Read More...]

Thou Shalt Not Cry, Thou Shalt Not Pout

HT William Black [Read more...]

Christmas: The Christian “War on Solstice”

Today in my Sunday school class I decided to turn our attention to seasonal matters. Soon, the topic of being wished “Happy Holidays” as opposed to “Merry Christmas” came up. And so I took that opportunity to talk about what I consider one of the great Christmas miracles: the fact that long ago Christians managed [Read More...]


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